Ash Lawn-Highland has maintained the quiet dignity so cherished by America’s fifth Presidential family. Just as James and Elizabeth Monroe invited their friends—the Madisons and of course Thomas Jefferson—to affairs both elaborate and modest, Ash Lawn-Highland invites you to indulge in the serenity enjoyed by our founding fathers. Step out of the city and back in time; hold your next special event at Ash Lawn-Highland.
For smaller affairs, our Conference Room is ideal in any weather. Located below Monroe’s reconstructed slave quarters, the Conference Room—with its fireplace, and its partitioned kitchen and bathroom facilities—accommodates up to sixty guests.
Our picturesque gardens are always groomed. Adjacent to the Monroe house, the Johns Garden is adorned with flower beds, brick walkways, and a sundial. One-hundred-year-old white ash trees shade the Peacock Yard, a grassy glade superb for spring and summer occasions. The Statue Yard features wonderful views to the north and east.
“As the company was too large to be accommodated within doors, there was an arrangement made in the garden for the purpose. The tables were spread under a canopy formed by the tops of the marquis [or tents] extended from one end to another of a beautiful mall of trees—this was decorated by someone of taste with wreaths of Roses and other flowers, a most sumptuous dinner was served to about 200 persons. . . .”
—T.H. Perkins recalling a July 4 dinner hosted by the Monroes in Paris, 1795.
Nestled between the Johns Garden and the boxwood paths, the Hilltop Pavilion offers a panoramic view of the Southwest Mountains. Designed for larger affairs or conferences, the 50′ x 80′ concrete-floor Pavilion comfortably holds 50 to 400 guests. If more space is needed, tents may be erected adjacent to the Pavilion. The Pavilion itself has open sides; side curtains may be used in cool weather.
“The repast was handsomely adapted to the character of the place, and the seats provided for his excellency and the most distinguished citizens, were shaded in arches of evergreen.”
—James Monroe commenting on a rural banquet held in his honor, 1818.
As an historic house museum, Ash Lawn-Highland makes a concerted effort to provide our guests with food and entertainment ideas related to the Monroe era. You might like to have your next event graced with such late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century fineries as: